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Zeca Afonso

1929 - 1987

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José Manuel Cerqueira Afonso dos Santos (2 August 1929 – 23 February 1987), known professionally as José Afonso and also popularly known as Zeca Afonso or simply Zeca, was a Portuguese singer-songwriter. One of the most influential folk and protest musicians in the history of Portugal, he became an icon in Portugal due to the role of his music in the resistance against the dictatorial Estado Novo regime. Afonso's song "Grândola, Vila Morena" was used as a radio-broadcast signal by the Portuguese Armed Forces during their military coup operation in the morning of 25 April 1974, which led to the Carnation Revolution and the transition to democracy in Portugal. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Zeca Afonso has received more than 106,875 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia. Zeca Afonso is the 431st most popular singer (down from 378th in 2019), the 164th most popular biography from Portugal (down from 142nd in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Portuguese Singer.

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  • 110k

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  • 55.15

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  • 25

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 4.45

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  • 2.71

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Among singers, Zeca Afonso ranks 431 out of 3,528Before him are Dana International, Teddy Scholten, Andy Williams, Jungkook, Barry Manilow, and Solomiya Krushelnytska. After him are Peng Liyuan, Googoosh, Carlo Bergonzi, Ronnie Spector, Facundo Cabral, and Sabrina Salerno.

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Among people born in 1929, Zeca Afonso ranks 146Before him are Roger Byrne, Amitai Etzioni, Poul Schlüter, Dina bint Abdul-Hamid, Jaakko Hintikka, and Darío Castrillón Hoyos. After him are Alain Tanner, John C. Bogle, Charles Tilly, Anne Meara, Shakuntala Devi, and Jane Powell. Among people deceased in 1987, Zeca Afonso ranks 72Before him are Will Sampson, Tawfiq al-Hakim, Masatoshi Nakayama, Joop den Uyl, Alfred Bester, and Bertrand de Jouvenel. After him are Danny Kaye, Morton Feldman, Henri Cochet, Abba Kovner, Otto Wöhler, and He Yingqin.

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In Portugal

Among people born in Portugal, Zeca Afonso ranks 164 out of 555Before him are Constance of Portugal (1290), Peter, Constable of Portugal (1429), Maria Helena Vieira da Silva (1908), Nuno Gonçalves (1500), Paulo Sousa (1970), and Sidónio Pais (1872). After him are Beatrice of Portugal (1347), Pelagio Galvani (1165), Pedro Damiano (1480), Tomé Pires (1468), Joanna, Princess of Portugal (1452), and John, Constable of Portugal (1400).

Among SINGERS In Portugal

Among singers born in Portugal, Zeca Afonso ranks 3Before him are Amália Rodrigues (1920) and Carmen Miranda (1909). After him are Carlos do Carmo (1939), Mísia (1955), Dulce Pontes (1969), Simone de Oliveira (1938), Salvador Sobral (1989), Lio (1962), Paulo de Carvalho (1947), Carlos Mendes (1947), and Teresa Salgueiro (1969).